Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer John F. McEntee, Jr.

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, February 20, 1971

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Reflections for Police Officer John F. McEntee, Jr.

My dad James Speller, along with Joseph Wiesinger, captured both suspects that evening . They were working out of the wagon 2202 of the 22nd . Dist.

Vance Speller
North Carolina Dept. of Corrections

May 5, 2016

I served in the USMC with John and doubled dated with he and his wife. We both went to Temple University and went to City Hall to get applications for PPD. I decided not to apply, but John did. I vividly remember seeing the reports of his death on television and the shock that it caused. John was a good man.

Chief of Police Robert P. Adams, Ret.
West Norriton Township. Mont. Co.

January 8, 2016

Officer McEntee,
Sir, as a fellow former Marine/LEO I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for our Community but for our Country as well when you served in the USMC. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow former Marine/LEO

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

February 21, 2015

A Hero now in Heaven, always remembered and never forgotten.

Kim Weigand Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand
PA C.O.P.S.

February 20, 2015

I knew John as a boy at Immaculate Conception School in Germantown. We were also in the Boy Scouts together. I think that between the nuns and the scouts they got us ready for Marines. He was a good friend and will always be remembered. Dave Lashaw Aug. 3,2014.

Cpl.W.D.Lashaw USMC

August 3, 2014

I met John in the 60's. He was a great guy. My favorite memory is the time we went to a Jimmy Hendricks concert and had the highest up seats they had......we laughed and had a fun time. Remembered how saddened I was to hear of his passing. I know how much it meant to him to join the police force. Gone but not forgotten.

CC
Friend

July 16, 2014

John was my friend in the U.S. Marine Corps and Temple U. We both went to City Hall and took applications for Phila. PD, I decided not to apply and John did. I learned about his murder on TV. I became a police officer with the West Norriton Twp. PD in 1973. I will retire on 12/31/2012 as Chief of Police. John was my friend and brother and I will never forget him.

Chief Robert P. Adams
West Norriton Township PD

September 13, 2012

Not a day goes by that I don't wish you were here.

Colleen McEntee
Daughter

June 20, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 41rst anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace.

Your memory will always be honored and revered for time never diminishes respect

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 20, 2012

Thank you, for your service, Uncle John.

Anonymous
Nephew

December 9, 2011

Officer McEntee Jr., thirty-nine (39) years later you are still remembered, with honour.

Thank you for your service. The citizens of Philadelphia
were always well protected under your watch. A tragic and unnecessary loss.

Anonymous

June 3, 2010

Dear John.
You will never be forgotten. I'm the son of the late Jimmy speller. My dad was the officer along with his partner Joe weisinger was the officer in catching your killer. I remember I how sad my dad was when you were killed.

Vance Speller
NorthCarolina Dept. Of Correctionc

August 26, 2009

Wars come and go but my soilders they remain eternal.
2 Pac.

A. Murphy

July 15, 2009

I was thinking about your family this month and the anniversary of your death. I wrote before, my family and your family share a name and a very similar tragedy. I hope your family has found peace and I am praying for them. I can't imagine even after all these years the pain would go away, but I know you are watching over them and I hope they have some solace in knowing you are a hero and will never be forgotten.

Kathy McEntee
Sister of Sgt. Bill McEntee EOW 7/5/05

February 14, 2009

I didn't know Officer McEntee, but I did go to his viewing at Immaculate Conception Church in Germantown. I was 14 at the time. I read in the newpapers of the murders of Officer McEntee and Officer Joseph Kelly, only one day apart. I lived in Germantown at the time and was collecting on my newspaper route, across from the church. On a whim, I decided to go in and pay my respects. His widow, with a sad smile, greeted me and thanked me for coming. My response, “Oh you’re welcome”. I could have kicked myself. No attempt at words of comfort, nothing. But, I was a kid. I was only expecting to go in and pay my respects to the fallen officer and leave. I wasn’t prepared. That was a lesson learned for me. My heart was in the right place, my sensibilities weren’t.

Officer McEntee, a true hero, may you be at rest and peace with the Lord. And, to his widow and his daughter, despite your tragic loss, I hope you have found some semblance of peace and happiness in the almost 40 years since your husband and father was so senselessly taken from you.

Dennis McGlinchey

June 16, 2008

Rest in peace, P/O McEntee, you are not forgotten.

Sgt. #322
Phila. PD

March 25, 2008

May you always rest in peace and know that you will never be forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

February 20, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

Van Den Berghe
MANCHESTER, NH

February 12, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

January 24, 2008

John and I were friends from when we were children and attended Immaculate Conception Grade School, Germantown, Phila, PA. We lost touch when I went to Milton Hershey School and then met up again in the Philadelphia Police Academy Class 168. We both went to the 22nd District and worked in the same squad. I was working the ajoining sector the night John was murdered by Bullock and Hogan. I was probably the second car on the scene. John was still in the patrol car. PO Detino removed him and carried him into the wagon that took him to the hospital. John had survived being a Marine in Vietnam. Only to come home and die on the streets of Philadelphia. I remember that one of my first thoughts were of his child and how she would grow up without a father. I often think of John, even more since my retirement from the department. John was a "Good Person" and a "Good Cop". We all miss him, but know he is with God.

Det. John E. Kelly (Ret)
Philadelphia Police Department

December 28, 2007

HEY JOHN JUST WANTED TO WISH YOU HAPPY HOLIDAYS BUDDY! I STILL THINK OF YOUR SACRIFICE!

MARK A MARRICAL
MESA PD/SWAT/HNT

November 14, 2006

JOHN, I NEVER KNEW YOU BUT I WAS A NEW OFFICER WITH THE PHILA HOUSING POLICE IN 1993. ONE OF MY FIRST ARRESTS WAS A GUY THAT WAS SELLING PCP AT 21ST AND DIAMOND. WHEN WE TOOK HIM TO NORTH CENTRAL DETECTIVES, I WAS TOLD THIS ANIMAL TOOK YOUR LIFE. I USED TO GO INTO LODGE 5 AND LOOK AT YOUR PICTURE, AND SHED A TEAR FOR YOUR SACRIFICE. I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT I HOPE YOU ARE RESTING IN PEACE, AND YOU HAVE NOT BEEN FORGOTTEN! MAYBE SOMEDAY WE CAN MEET BROTHER! YOUR BROTHER IN BLUE.....MARK

MARK A MARRICAL
MESA POLICE AZ OFFICER/TAC TEAM MEMBER

August 7, 2006

Your name caught me eye as I was browsing through this wonderful website. My brother, like you, was gunned down in his patrol car. We are also the McEntee family. Please say a prayer for our family as your watch over yours.
Kathy McEntee, sister of Bill McEntee
EOW 7/5/05

March 13, 2006

I hope there are others out there remembering John and his young life cut short. 35 years ago, I along with many others, were hoping to prevent his death. He is often still in my thoughts and especially this week as another officer has been killed in the line of duty. I honor all law enforcement officers who have come and gone and who still go out every day to do their job. You are special!

JP

February 25, 2006

As I sit here and look through the officers in my department that have paid the ultimate sacrifice I noticed that no one had yet left a message,I think about the location where your life was taken and I drive past there often and will not forget about you. I just wanted to say that you are NOT forgotten my brother and rest well.

P/O FIDLER
PHILA POLICE

December 13, 2005

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